Thursday, November 29, 2007

Christmas stitchery progress

With Nigel away it's left to me to do all the fetching and carrying of kids and whatever else might need transporting about ie work mail, groceries etc.
However I have managed to stitch away on this work 'secret santa' gift and am almost at the end of the stitchery design - I'm showing you two photos, one with flash and one without because I couldn't decide which was the truest.
I've just used an assortment of all the reds and dark greens I had in my thread boxes - a legacy from many years of cross stitching, before I discovered quilting - and it's strange how the colours have almost gravitated towards their own spectrum mates.
To save me having to do a battle royal with metallic threads for the gold stars and candle flame I thought I'd experiment with two different shades of ordinary stranded floss. The two little cards at the bottom are the colours I used and I'm delighted with the result.
Once this is completed, probably this evening, I'm not sure what to do next with it.
I think I might just add a border and bind it making it into a wall hanging - too much fancy piecing might make it a bit busy and unwieldy - the jury's still out - we'll see....................

13 comments:

Cathi said...

Great work on your stitchery! Lovely!

Doodlebug Gail said...

That's lovely Anne. Is this the one you designed yourself?

loulee1 said...

Looks great. My secret Santa recipient is getting a hand knitted baggie.

meggie said...

Your speed takes my breath away! Well done.

Libby said...

Oh it looks great . . . your solution for the stars is perfect - metallic would have been to shiny and distracting.

katelnorth said...

It's a lovely stichery - almost tempts me to do one myself, but my letters would be so off-kilter it's not worth trying!

Dawn said...

Oh I love it even more tonight! It is wonderful! How about a thin inner border and then brocken dish blocks all around for the border?

Cascade Lily said...

I agree with your idea of keeping things simple around this wonderful, wonderful work Anne :)

And yay to two nights of no snoring :) :)

Rose Marie said...

It's lovely .... you'll have to show us what you do with the border if you decide to do one.

atet said...

What a lovely piece! I think you're right about a relatively plain border on it as well -- I think your Secret Santa partner is going to be amazed!

andsewitis Holly said...

Oh Anne! It's beautiful. My first love is stitchery. The recipient will really love this.

I really enjoy watching the process of the girls quilting classes. Can't wait to see the finished product. They have a good teacher. Just look at the precision piecing :)

Great giggly picture of the sleepover boys. Love it!

gwen said...

The stitchery is lovely! I like looking at the progress of the quilt babes. Their colour choices are great and open our eyes at possibilities we hadn´t thought about. Take care.

Juliann in WA said...

I love that stitchery. Is it a pattern or your own design?